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Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #14

Notable Tech Quotes - RF CafeThe number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.

Notable Tech Quote Archive

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  • "Engineers operate at the interface between science and society." - Gordon Brown, Dean of MIT's School of Engineering

    4-25-2019,     9-17-2008

  • "Duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together." - Carl Zwanzig


  • "RFID is like a Ouija board, where you address one RF problem and another issue pops up somewhere else." - Larry Bodony


  • "You guys, this is one of the elements in the periodic table - I'm not sure if that's in our jurisdiction to be banning a whole element." - Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, re extremism of banning chlorine (go to 3:00 minutes) - Note: There is now a notice stating, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Wag TV, Ltd. (The great global warming swindle)."


  • "The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that over the next decade, EE employment will grow much more slowly than other engineering areas, because of the job outflux to other countries." - Prachi Patel-Predd, IEEE Spectrum


  • "If circuit designers were equipped with the same formidable mathematical skills as economists, we would all be using single-ended triode amplifiers that oscillated when we turned the gain up." - Ron Wilson, EDN


  • "At some point I felt that I could serve science better if I were skeptical rather than reverential." - John Horgan


  • "At that time, space was empty..." - Dr. Heiner Klinkrad on space junk, relative to 1957 with Sputnik 1

    1/9/2020     7-30-2008

  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." - [Arthur C.] Clarke's 1st Law of Predictions


  • "Much like everything else, the safer it is, the less it does." - Greg Hahn, Academy of Model Aeronautics, speaking on new battery chemistries

    4/4/2019, 7-16-2008

  • "We need not hesitate to admit that the Sun is richly stored with inhabitants." - Sir William Herschel, Court Astronomer of England, discoverer of Uranus, 1781


  • "The last five bastions of thinking are the car, the john, the shower, the church or synagogue, and the gym." - Joey Reiman, CEO of BrightHouse consulting


  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - [Arthur C.] Clarke's Third Law

    2/3/2022    6-26-2008

  • "One day the little men with their slide-rules and computers will inherit the earth." - Jimmy Stewart, The Flight of the Phoenix


  • "Nerds are the ones who don't go to the party so they can stay home and do homework; geeks bring their homework to the party." - David Anderegg, Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them


  • "So, here it is 50 years after the Orson Wells radiocast and it's not the Martians coming here looking for life; it's us going to Mars." Tim Gasparrini, Phoenix Mission lander program manager, L-Mart


  • "In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons." - Herodotus, Greek historian, 5th century B.C.

    Memorial Day

  • "In the first place I would put Accuracy." - Archibald Geikie, Landscape in History: And Other Essays by Archibald Geikie


  • "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell


  • "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." - Herb Caen, former San Francisco Chronicle columnist


  • "Imagine flying a jumbo jet more than 500 mph at a height above the ground of less than 0.1 inch and changing lanes only a fraction of an inch wide... This is the challenge facing the control of the R/W head of the HDD." - Kevin Craig, Ph.D., RPI


  • "Whenever I opened up an Excel file, I had to wait five or six seconds while the anti-virus program frisked it." - Joe Desposito, Electronic Design, on the bloat of security software


  • "The U.S. is the last market in the world that people choose to bring a new wireless product to. Not second or third - the absolute last." - Former FCC Chairman Reed Hunt


  • "Business partners are like married couples. They learn what each other's pain points are and keep pressing them." - Ed Kopf, co-founder of BMC Associates


  • "The flat-earther corporations pat themselves on the back for having read Thomas Friedman's book and consequently dispatching their customer feedback e-mail to a team of dirt-cheap service reps 10 time zones away from their headquarters. They never have to be troubled again with what their customers need, want, say, or care about." - Joel Spolsky, Fog Creek Software


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